A romantic sci-fi thriller produced and filmed in Wales will have its world premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival today (Saturday 20 April).
The Machine, produced by Cardiff-based production company, Red and Black Films, was one of only three narrative features from the UK to be selected for Tribeca from over 6,000 entrants. Worldwide rights have already been acquired by London/LA based sales company, Content films.
“We are delighted The Machine has been selected for its world premiere at Tribeca – it presents an excellent opportunity to launch Red and Black Films in to the international marketplace,” said John Giwa-Amu, who co-founded the company with Caradog James.
The film received support from the Welsh Government, who provided £80,000 repayable finance for production-related costs in Wales. The project has generated around £500,000 of Welsh spend and supported around 100 freelance jobs.
“Support from the Welsh Government and the Film Agency for Wales was key to getting the film made,” continued Mr Giwa-Amu. “We worked with some excellent Welsh talent and many local personnel have had the opportunity to learn from world class heads of department.”
Economy Minister, Edwina Hart said: “This is a great opportunity for the Red and Black team and I wish them every success.
“Creative industries is one of our key economic sectors and productions like these help to promote the expertise we have in Wales to an international audience. I am delighted support from the Welsh Government ensured that the majority of the production was undertaken in Wales which in turn provided work for a significant number of freelancers while giving students in Wales a tremendous work experience.”
Starring Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), Caity Lotz (The Pact, Mad Men) and Denis Lawson (Star Wars, Local Hero), The Machine is inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It centres around two young computer programmers who fall in love as they work together to create the first ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence. But things go wrong when the MoD steal their breakthrough and teach it to become a robotic weapon.
The Machine was written and directed by Caradog James and produced by John Giwa-Amu, an award-winning team whose first feature film, Little White Lies, won two Welsh BAFTA awards, was nominated for Best New Director in Moscow and the British Independent Film Awards, also winning Best Picture and Best Actress at Cartagena in Spain.